12 Classic Comfort-Food Recipes, Made Vegan

vegan comfort food recipes
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These days everyone is trying to eat more plant-based diets. Thanks to many current food trends like spiralized vegetables, fermented foods, and meal-delivery services, Peta is calling 2017 the year of vegan. Scientific advancements also aided the plant-based hype: vegan substitutes for cheese, butter, and meat have never tasted better. There is no time like the present to experiment with a dairy-and-animal-based-protein free diet! If you don’t believe me, the recipes listed below will prove that now is a wonderful time to be a vegan . Why? Because with a little savvy know-how and creativity in the kitchen, it’s easy to recreate the comforting classic all-American items you’ve grown accustomed to eating. Here are 12 beloved vegan comfort food recipes.

Vegan Meatloaf Recipe
Courtesy of Nutrition Stripped

Meatloaf

Brown rice, ground nuts, and seeds replace the traditional ground beef in this sensational meatloaf recipe. Nutritional yeast provides the flavor profile that parmesan cheese normally would and a sauce of tomato paste, Worcestershire, and maple syrup serves as the finger-licking good glaze. Don’t knock this until you try it!

Get the recipe on Nutrition Stripped.

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Macaroni and Cheese

This mac-‘n’-cheese has the same texture and technique of original macaroni and cheese, but plant-based ingredients replace animal-based ones. Instead of butter and milk, oil and almond milk are used to make a roux. Roasted garlic adds a nice flavor, while vegan parmesan cheese (another recipe that involves cashews and nutritional yeast) ensures that the past is rich and scrumptious.

Get the recipe on Minimalist Baker.

Vegan Pot Pie Recipe
Courtesy of Wicked Spatula

Pot Pie

All of the usual vegetable suspects can be found in this pot pie. There is onion, carrots, potatoes, peas, and green beans. However, chicken is omitted and the sauce is a mixture of vegetable broth and coconut milk. As for the pie crust topping? That’s made with almond flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, and olive oil. Enjoy!

Get the recipe on Wicked Spatula.

Vegan French Toast Recipe With Caramelized Bananas
Courtesy of Anson Smart for Simply Recipes

French Toast With Caramelized Bananas

Gluten-free sandwich bread is transformed into a breakfast delight when it’s soaked in a batter of blended almond milk, banana, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and cinnamon. After cooking in a hot skillet, the toast is topped with caramelized bananas, crushed nuts, and shredded coconut.

Get the recipe on Simply Recipes.

Vegan Enchiladas Recipe
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Enchiladas

Vegan enchiladas are a cinch to put together. Start by making a quick blender sauce of fragrant spices (chili powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, etc.), garlic, onion, cilantro, and vegetable broth. Make a quick filling of chopped spinach and cooked beans, then fill tortillas, roll, and top with sauce. Bake until bubbling and fragrant. Not a fan of spinach and beans? Use whatever vegetables you want. Roasted mushrooms, pickled carrots, and shredded zucchini are all tasty options.

Get the recipe on Naturally Ella.

Vegan Curry Spiced Sweet Potato Wild Rice Burgers Recipe
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Curry Spiced Sweet Potato Wild Rice Burgers

No classic all-American recipe roundup is complete without a recipe for an irresistible vegan burger. The ingredients that make up this patty are mashed sweet potato, wild rice, and pulverized garbanzo beans.

Get the recipe on Ambitious Kitchen.

Vegan Kung Pao Cauliflower Recipe
Courtesy of Erin Kunkel for Fitbit

Kung Pao Cauliflower

In many recipes, it’s more about the flavor of the sauce than it is about the flavor of the meat. Case in point: kung pao chicken. Replace the chicken with a veggie that has the same texture, in this case, cauliflower, but season as you normally would with a sweet-sour mixture of honey, soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic, and chile flakes.

Get the recipe on Fitbit’s blog.

Vegan BLT Recipe
Courtesy of Lazy Cat Kitchen

BLT

Here’s another example where the flavor and texture of bacon is mimicked with a vegan ingredient—tofu. Extra firm, pressed tofu is sliced into thin pieces and marinated in a sauce of maple syrup, liquid smoke, tamari, and tomato paste. It’s baked and broiled until the outside is dried out and the inside is moist. Then use vegan mayo, thick-cut tomato, arugula, and toasted bread to assemble the ultimate plant-based BLT sandwich.

Get the recipe on Lazy Cat Kitchen.

Vegan Bolognese Recipe
Courtesy of Love and Lemons

Bolognese

Finely chopped mushrooms, crushed walnuts, and lentils stand in for beef/pork in this variation of the Italian favorite. To make it super healthy, use gluten-free whole wheat pasta.

Get the recipe on Love and Lemons.

Vegan Kale Artichoke Dip Recipe
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Kale Artichoke Dip

Get started on this dip a couple of days before you plan on serving it. Cashews must be soaked for an hour before being blended into a cheesy sauce with sauteed garlic, vegan cream cheese, and almond milk. White beans add heft to the dip—which is great served with crudité, tortilla chips, and toasted baguette slices.

Get the recipe on Minimalist Baker.

Courtesy of the First Mess

Corn Chowder

To make a super rich and flavorful soup base, boil corn cobs (with the corn cut off and reserved) in water. Use this liquid to make a creamy cream-less corn chowder that is jam-packed with millet, corn, potatoes, and baby greens.

Get the recipe on the First Mess.

Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Jackfruit is a new ingredient that the vegan culinary world has recently discovered. It has the same texture of pulled pork and when seasoned with the same elements—brown sugar and barbecue sauce—you wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s not meat. Don’t believe us? We dare you to try this recipe!

Get the recipe on Minimalist Baker.

What vegan dishes have you mastered?